In the battle over the mobile web, the Flash Mobile Player has officially been blocked by the HTML5 lineup (arguably with Steve Jobs as the forward-thinking QB). In an Adobe blog post yesterday, VP Danny Winokur stated:
“We will no longer continue to develop Flash Player in the browser to work with new mobile device configurations (chipset, browser, OS version, etc.) following the upcoming release of Flash Player 11.1 for Android and BlackBerry PlayBook.”
For phones and tablets, the future is clear; however, the battle isn’t over. According to Mashable, “Adobe has added more robust cross-platform mobile development features to Flash Professional and added native iOS streaming to Flash Media Server,” maintaining “a strong commitment to Flash as a development platform separate from a technology stack.”
In line with more brands moving toward a hybrid approach (see post on Pandora), Adobe is astutely refocusing its efforts on native apps and aggressively contributing to HTML5.
What do you think? Without mobile, has Adobe Flash become irrelevant?
Update: Adobe also told GigaOM it has stopped supporting Flash on digital home devices, such as HDTVs.